Sigizmunda Kržižanovska vārdu es uzzināju pateicoties "Neiekostā elkoņa" iestudējumam Ģertrūdes ielas teātrī, uz kuru es pagaidām ne tikai neesmu bijis, bet pat tā īsti neesmu plānojis iet (lai gan šīs grāmatas iespaidā interese ir parādījusies). Formāli viņu, protams, var saukt par padomju literātu, taču vienlaikus Kržižanovskis ir ne lielākā mērā padomju rakstnieks kā Mihails Bulgakovs (varbūt pat mazākā, jo Kržižanovska daiļliteratūras darbība ritēja tik neievērojamā gaisotnē, ka viņu vienkārši nepublicēja, izvairoties pat no publiskas zākāšanas).
Gatavojoties šīs ziemas "Karavīra maizītes" slēpņotāju pasākumam, sāku studēt literatūru par Cēsu kaujām. Cik atceros, skolā mums par Brīvības cīņām stāstīja maz vai neko, jo vēstures mācīšanu ĀĢ citādi kā par farsu nosaukt nevaru. Atvainojos, protams, visiem skolotājas Ludboržas cienītājiem, bet vienīgais gads, kad vēsturē kaut ko iemācījos, bija piektajā klasē pie Andra Sprūda, tikām vēlākos gados vēstures stundās tik vien kā pilnveidoju savas iemaņas zolītes spēlē.
"Mašeņka", tā varētu teikt, ir grāmata, ar kuru sālās Nabokovs. Pirms tam viņam gan bija izdoti daži dzejas krājumi, bet kā prozaiķis Nabokovs savu popularitāti sāka iekarot tieši ar šo savu "garstāstu" / mini romānu.
I was through with something like a quarter of this book when I suddenly realised that I knew what was going to happen next. And it wasn`t because the story was so predictable. It was just that I knew of the story. It goes like this - a doctor is called to a hospital but ends up with a prostitute mainly because he has some trouble with his wife (both of them admit to have had way too much interest in other people). Then he meets a friend of his whom he hasn`t seen in quite a while who happens to be playing the piano in some secret events where he needs to wear an eyepatch. So Friedolin (that`s the hero) asks the friend to let him go to the place of the secret meetings. I was on a tram where I was reading the book when it occured to me that this was a trivial story and that I had seen this on film. Then I came to the conclusion that Tom Cruise was involved in the film as Friedolin (only with a different name ). "Eyes wide shut" is the title "Traumnovelle" is nowadays known for. The book itself doesn`t tale place in America as you`d probably guess but in the Vienna on the edge of 19-20th centuries. The story itself is quite similar to what Stanley Kubrick made in the film. Even the parts with the sexual orgies are there. I won`t say this is the greatest story I`ve ever read but it was quite interesting for sure.
With this we end our introduction into the mysterious world of Franz Kafka. K. is a land surveyor that was asked to work in a castle. Because of some strange reasons he isn`t let into the territory of the castle, for there`s burrecracy surrounding it. And you can`t even be sure that K. really is a surveyor, for there`s no proof in the book that he is indeed planning to get on with his work and his whole purpose seems kinda strange. A woman named Frieda who was the lover of an important clerk changes the clerk for K. But it only leads to bigger problems for K., who doesn`t really know what he wants, if there even is such a thing. He sinks lower and lower in the society around the castle, but it doesn`t really bother him, all he wants is to talk to some highly positioned clerks, but he doesn`t have much success at that. He has a strange friend who`s family is treated like unhuman in the village for the guys sister refused to go and become a fuck buddy for some important guy. And in the end nothing comes out of all K. troubles, everything ends like nothing had ever started. The book is similar to the "Process" and not definetely worse than the most highly acclaimed Kafkas novel.